DETROIT — Kia Motors Corp. is recalling more than 96,000 minivans in the U.S. and Canada because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.
The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012. They were sold or registered in Canada and in 20 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the lower control arms near the wheels can rust and break due to salt exposure.
Kia dealers will inspect the parts and rustproof or replace them for free starting next month.
In the U.S., the recall covers nearly 80,000 vans in Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia or the District of Columbia. More than 16,000 Sedonas are covered in Canada.
Kia said it doesn’t know of any injuries or crashes caused by the problem.
Owners with questions can call the company at (800) 333-4542.